Training for Ski and Snowboard Season

I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to get excited.  The temperature is finally starting to drop which means skiing and snowboarding season is just around the corner!  If you haven’t been getting your body into shape here are a few pointers to get you going in the right direction.

Of course, your legs are the most important muscles to work, but stay off of the machines in the gym.  You need to perform exercises that closely mimic what you are going to do on the mountain.  Squat and lunges are great exercises, but try adding a balance component to them.  Place your feet on balance disks, a Bosu balance trainer or a 1/2 foam roller. Not only will this help your balance, but it will force you to use your core muscles.  One legged or hop-squats are also great ways to get ready for your downhill days.  

Train your core with rotational exercises and don’t leave out your arms.  Shoulders and triceps come into play when you skiers plant your poles, and the same muscles are used by snowboarders to get up to the standing position.  For more tips contact Chris at www.bootcamp-ct.com.

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